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DoD Issues Draft Solicitation for Cloud Procurement Contract

DoD Issues Draft Solicitation for Cloud Procurement Contract - top government contractors - best government contracting event

DoD Issues Draft Solicitation for Cloud Procurement Contract - top government contractors - best government contracting eventThe Defense Department has issued a draft request for proposals for a single-award contract to procure commercial enterprise-level cloud services in support of agencies within DoD and service branches.

A FedBizOpps notice posted Wednesday says the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure Cloud program is a potential 10-year, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract that has a base term of two years and eight option years and covers the delivery of infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service cloud offerings to DoD.

The JEDI Cloud procurement effort requires the establishment of a cloud computing program office to manage and oversee cloud services delivery and calls for the adoption of a cloud platform that meets the Pentagon's data security requirements and advances the use of artificial intelligence, machine learning and other data analytics capabilities.

Comments on the draft RFP are due March 21, according to the notice.

DoD held an industry day Wednesday on the JEDI Cloud program and officials said they expect the Pentagon to issue the final solicitation in early May and award the contract as early as September, Bloomberg reported.

“We anticipate this will be a multibillion-dollar contract,“ said John Gibson, DoD chief management officer.

Chanda Brooks, a contracting officer at DoD, said the department will hold a “full and open competition“ for the single-award contract and that multiple vendors are capable to meet DoD's requirements based on market research.

The report cited Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Oracle, IBM and Google as potential offerors.

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